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Dining mid October in Quebec City

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My husband, 12 year old son and I are spending 3 nights in Quebec City (Columbus Day Weekend). We've never been there and we are so looking forward to it because we have heard wonderful things about this place. On a recommendation of a friend, I booked us at the Hotel Manoir Victoria, which looks to be very nice. We love good food, of course (my son, too), but don't know where to begin. My son is very well mannered and can handle most any kind of environment. We are foodies by nature, but prefer not to be subjected to excessive food stuffiness/snobbery. I am seeking suggestions for both easy, lighter fare and some fine dining, too. We'll pay for a couple of very nice meals that weekend and then try to find some good but less pricey options, too. We are open to all kinds of food, French or whatever. Suggestions for us anyone? Breakfast, lunch, and most importantly, dinner????

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  1. You might want to start off by checking out these excellent recent Quebec City threads:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/730232

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/692129

    Should get you started!

    1. We have lived in Quebec City in the summer for the last five years. The restaurants are so numerous its hard to go wrong. But here are some of our favorites.

      If you want to try authentic French Canadian fare there is only one choice and that is Aux Anciens Canadiens. It is pricey but a great experience.

      For French food our favorite is Mistral Gagnant.. a slice out of old Provence. There is nothing like it. And like most restaurants in Quebec they offer a fixed priced menu with all courses.

      And if you like unique fare go to Le Lapin Saute. Great rabbit dishes, steaks and fish. It's another tiny space with all the charm one can imagine.

      For a fun lunch you have to go to Ashton's. It's fast food but the french canadian experience is unique. Their "one of a kind" is called Putine. It's french fries, brown gravy and cheese curds. It is wonderful. They have salads for the diet conscious too.

      For a great breakfast try Buffet de L'Antiquaire. It's a true diner but with the freshest foods you can imagine.

      Also during your touring when you go to Ile D'Orelan stop at the chocolate shop in St. Petronille. Their food (sandwiches -salads) are delicious. But don't miss the soft ice cream dipped in chocolate. This is a one of a kind expereince.

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      Aux Anciens Canadiens
      34 Rue Saint-Louis, Quebec, QC G1R3Z1, CA

      Mistral Gagnant
      160 Rue Saint-Paul, Quebec, QC G1K3W1, CA